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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


SPRING 2022

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Join us and experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for GOD'S KINGDOM.


Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: South Haven Baptist Church 2353 S Campbell Ave Springfield MO 65807

Contact: Autumn Hamilton

 
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    • Lesson 1

      The Living God is a Missionary God

      God's purpose is three-fold: against evil—kingdom victory; for the nations—redemption and blessing; and for God—global glory in worship. God's purpose revealed in promise to Abraham. Exploring God's purpose for the nations: Blessing to the nations described.

    • Instructor

      Len Bartlotti

      Frontiers, Springfield MO

      Leonard N. (Len) Bartlotti, Ph.D. is a well-known speaker, author, mobilizer, educator and strategy consultant to faith-based organizations in the Middle East/Asia. He and his wife Debi served 14 years among one of the world's largest Muslim people groups. Dr. Len is a passionate communicator who combines a love for students with deep empathy and understanding of other cultures. He and his wife Debi, a nurse midwife and licensed Spiritual Director, have been married for over 45 years, and have three married adult children, and six grandsons, and live in Springfield, Missouri.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 2

      The Story of His Glory

      Exploring God's purpose for Himself: How God has been steadily unfolding a plan throughout all nations and generations to bring about His greater glory, ultimately drawing to Himself the worship of all the peoples. Passion and prayer for God's glory.

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      Kara Culp

      Welcomers International, Tulsa OK

      Kara Culp has served in ministry to international students, immigrants, and refugees for the past 14 years. Currently, she is the director of Welcomers International in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which she founded in 2008. She also has been teaching English as a Second Language at local community colleges for the past 14 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 16, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 3

      Your Kingdom Come

      Exploring God's purpose regarding evil: How God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open a season of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. The kingdom of God as the destiny of all history. Christ's mission seeks a hindering of evil to bring about a sign of the coming peace of the kingdom of God. Our prayers contend with evil in order to bring about the transformation of society with Christ's kingdom in view.

    • Instructor

      Josh Coleman

      Missouri State University, Springfield MO

      Dr. Josh Coleman is a marketing professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He has traveled on short-term missions to China, Serbia, and Italy, where he has led local evangelism, taught Bible classes, led pastoral retreats, and preached in local churches. Josh is enthusiastic about the intersection of missions with every believer's daily walk of life, and he is passionate about teaching Biblical and theological literacy. Josh is married to his best friend and wife of over 10 years, Jill, and they have two fantastic kids, Lily and Oliver.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 4

      Mandate for the Nations

      Jesus shows great strategic interest in Gentiles; wise strategic focus by initiating a global mission on a few disciples among the Hebrew people. The Great Commission and the ways of God's sending in relational power. Dealing with the ideas of pluralism (all religions the same) and universalism (all persons saved).

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      John Weaver

      YWAM, Lindale TX

      Since experiencing PSP in the early 90's, John has been praying for the nations, mobilizing believers, and sharing God's Love with Muslims. In 1998, after earning a MA, John joined a pioneer church planting team in Central Asia. He met his bride-to-be there and they had a Christ-centered wedding in 2005 surrounded by hundreds of curious Muslims. By God’s grace, they've seen some fruit and also birthed five children. John continues to facilitate disciple-making among Muslims. He is the author of Inside Afghanistan, A Flame on the Front Line and Najiba: A Love Story from Afghanistan.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 5

      Unleashing the Gospel

      The first followers of Jesus: obedient in costly, foundational ways. The climactic act of the book of Acts is the freeing of the gospel to be followed by Gentiles without Jewish traditions as a requirement. A foundational act of God which speaks to the situations where the gospel is hindered today. Strategic suffering and apostolic passion.

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      Scott Robinson

      Greentree Christian Church , Rolla MO

      Scott, and his wife Kelly, served the Mum people group in Papua New Guinea from 2003-2008 with Pioneer Bible Translators in the areas of Adult Literacy and Bible Translation. For the past 10 years Scott has served with Greentree Christian Church as the Missions and Outreach Minister. A majority of his ministry with Greentree has been to reach out to the international students at MS&T as well as lead the missions trips and the missions department.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 6

      The Expansion of the Christian Movement

      The story of God's purpose continues relentlessly from Abraham's day until the present moment. An overview of the largest and the longest-running movement ever in history—the world Christian movement. How the gospel surged through the peoples and places of the world. Important insights for our own day.

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      Norm Howell

      Calvary Church, Coulterville IL

      From 1993-2001, Norm served with New Tribes Mission (now Ethnos 360) as a bush church planting missionary to the Kakuna people of Papua New Guinea. From 2004-2008, he served with the Missouri Baptist Convention as their Mission Specialist working in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, West Africa, and Central America. From 2008-2017 Norm served as pastor of the Skyline Baptist Church in Branson, MO. Norm served from 2017-2020 as the Director of Missions for the Muskogee Baptist Association. At present, Norm is the Senior Pastor of the Calvary Church in Sparta, IL.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 7

      Eras of Mission History

      The greatest explosion of growth ever has taken place in last 200 years in three "bursts" of activity. Why we could be in the final era of missions. The global harvest force comprised increasingly of non-Western missionaries.

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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Dr. Mary Ho is the International Executive Leader of All Nations (http://allnations.international), a global Christian missions organization with workers making disciples and doing church planting in 44 countries. Dr. Ho is passionate about finishing the Great Commission in this generation by sharing the love of God among every people and in parts of the world where the name of Jesus Christ is little or not known. Dr. Ho received her Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, VA, U.S.A. in 2016.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 8

      Pioneers of the World Christian Movement

      Today we anchor the race by continuing what others have begun. It's a day of finishing. All the more reason to learn the wisdom and the heart of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in earlier generations. Reading the writings of William Carey and other leaders to discern what these people have left to us. Exploring the contribution of women in missions throughout the centuries.

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      Peggy Spiers

      All Nations International, Kansas City MO

      Peggy Spiers works for All Nations International where she mobilizes and trains both goers and senders. She has travelled extensively to missions fields around the globe. She enjoys coaching local church staffs and church members in ways to mobilize, equip and send well.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 9

      The Task Remaining

      God's pressed His purpose forward until the present hour of amazing opportunity. Understanding the concept of "unreached peoples" to assess the remaining task. Recognizing the imbalance of mission resources shapes strategic priorities. The basic minimal missiological achievement in every people group opens the way for working with God against every kind of evil so that the gospel of the kingdom is declared and displayed with clarity and power. The need and opportunity of urban mission.

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      Matt Fries

      The Emmaus Foundation, Springdale AR

      MATT FRIES Brief Bio Matt became a Christian in 1984 while in college at the University of Arkansas and has been involved with Jesus and the expansion of His kingdom ever since. He met his wife, Michelle, while doing collegiate ministry at Arkansas Tech University. Matt and Michelle married in 1991 and have three amazingly different and wonderful adult children and one grand-daughter! They spent nine years on the Tibetan Plateau in China doing ground-breaking church planting work among one of the unreached people groups there. Holistic ministry and business-as-mission continue to mark their work. Currently Matt is the director of a Christian foundation in Northwest Arkansas and works primarily in business and economic development in Zambia and Madagascar.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 13, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 10

      How Shall They Hear?

      Culture and intercultural communication of the gospel. Communicating the gospel with relevance at the worldview level helps avoid syncretism (blending of cultural error with God?s truth) and also enables powerful movements of the gospel. Sensitive missionaries will look for ways that God has preserved or prepared people to hear the gospel, often finding redemptive analogies for God's truth.

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      Matt Clark

      All Nations, St Louis MO

      Matt serves as the Executive Pastor of All Nations in St. Louis. All Nations was launched in September of 2017. Prior to that time, Matt and his wife, Kim, were working among the immigrant and refugee population in St. Louis and had partnered with their church at that time to provide holistic services to this underserved community. All involved parties saw the value in creating an organization dedicated exclusively to the work so that organizations throughout the St. Louis area could pool resources and contribute volunteers towards this effort. All Nations was thus formed to bring together people from all over the Metropolitan St. Louis area to embrace our new neighbors and make certain that they thrive here mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 11

      Building Bridges of Love

      The incarnation as a model of missionary humility. How missionaries can enter appropriate roles in order to form relationships of trust and respect to develop a sense of belonging, and thus to communicate with credibility for understanding. Explore the intricacy of identification in another culture. Explore the even greater complexity of presenting identity with integrity in a globalized, terrorized, pluralized world. Recognizing the dynamics of social structure in order to initiate growing movements of ongoing communication throughout the society.

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      Randy Copeland

      School to the Nations, Ozark MO

      Randy and Maureen Copeland founded School to the Nations in 2007. They also founded Hidden Bluff ministries, devoted to reaching inner-city teens and children from 1991-2003. During that time, they were called into local church pastoral ministries at Ridgecrest Baptist Church from 1999-2003, and then to the Stonebridge Church Plant in Nixa, where Randy served from 2003-2010 as Missions Pastor and Executive Pastor. School to the Nations became their full-time focus in 2010. Randy was called back on staff at Ridgecrest in August of 2016 as the Missions Mobilization Pastor. In 2020 they were called back again full time to School to the Nations to engage the remaining unreached people groups with Church Planting initiative's. The Copeland's greatest calling and passion is to train, equip, and mobilize the body of Christ to the remaining unreached people groups.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 27, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 12

      Christian Community Development

      A survey of world need. Dynamic balance of evangelism and social action. Hope for significant transformation as a sign of Christ's Lordship by Christian community development. Exploring the charge that missionaries destroy instead of serve cultures. Healing the wounds of the world between the peoples.

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      Vicky Warren

      MissionNext, Mena AR

      Vicky spent 33 years working in innovative and creative environments from multimillion dollar technology deployments, alliances with technical luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte's MIT media lab, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and The Walt Disney Studios to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Her primary focus in these organizations included leadership and business development, strategic planning, research and development, innovation and creativity. She became "known" in these organizations for her heart for the Gospel through her daily walk in these high paced and demanding environments. Her passion for Christ took her on a 30-year journey of adventure as she walked on burning coals, assisted with eye clinics in Mexico, participated in medical relief efforts in Bolivia, planted pioneer businesses in Asia and Africa, came face to face with the persecuted church in Orissa, and served widows in the rainforest of Panama. Now she is committed full time to taking the Gospel to the nations through Pioneer Business Planting, building Kingdom businesses, and gobalization!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 13

      The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

      Look beyond institutional features of churches to understand churches as dynamic movements of Christ Himself being followed. Such a view of churches as organic, living things opens up the practicality of seeing them multiply rapidly as movements and also flourish in society bearing the fruit of social transformation. Churches as counter-communities, acting as salt and light, bringing change to their cultures. How movements multiply by connecting with entire families and larger social structures.

    • Instructor

      Gene Daniels

      Fruitful Practice Research, Jacksonville AR

      Gene Daniels has a passion to spread the fame of Jesus in the Muslim world, something he and his family have been involved in since 1997, first as church planters in Central Asia and now as Director of Fruitful Practice Research, studying effective church planting across the Muslim world. Daniels has his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. He is also the author of several articles and books on missiolog, including Searching for the Indigenous Church, Margins of Islam, and Fruit to Harvest. (Gene Daniels is a pseudonym)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 14

      Pioneer Church Planting

      The hope of planting churches among unreached peoples. How the breakthrough of the gospel in an unreached people requires that the gospel be "de-Westernized". The difference of contextualizing the message, the messenger and the movement. Distinguish and appreciate people movements, church planting movements and insider movements.

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      Louise Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Louise first took the Perspectives course in 1988, when she and her husband Brian were working with Navajo Gospel mission in Arizona. The course changed the course of their lives and ended up at the ends of the earth. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – included in Perspectives Reader Louise trained as a midwife in 2010-2011 and practiced in Northern California and NW Arkansas. She now devotes her time and energy to training Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs – village midwives) who are also disciple makers. She has run multiple trainings in Uganda, Columbia, South Sudan, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar. Louise finances the travel and expenses for these trips from the sale of her home-made artisan greeting cards. Louise also staffs Schools of Frontier Mission for YWAM and mentors college-age women headed for the mission field. Together, Brian and Louise put on semi-annual GAP Gatherings where church planters come from around the world to share a week with their peers and relaunch their vision to see a Disciple Making Movement among the people they work with.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    • Lesson 15

      World Christian Discipleship

      What it means to integrate life for Christ's global purpose as a "'World Christian". Into the great story for His glory: a Person-driven life as a way of. pursuing a purpose-driven life. The basic practices of world Christians: going, sending, welcoming and mobilizing. The essential disciplines of World Christian discipleship: community, giving, praying and learning. Simplifying your lifestyle as if in "war-time". Exploring the practical ways of pursuing God's purpose. Business and mission. Short-term mission. Welcoming international visitors. Wisdom in working with local churches and in partnership with Christians in different parts of the world.

    • Instructor

      Brett Clemens

      Perspectives Study Program, Kansas City MO

      After spending 9 years in the corporate world as a financial analyst at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO, Brett left the corporate world for full-time vocational ministry. He currently serves as a Perspectives Regional Director. He has a great passion to mobilize the body of Christ to strategic engagement in God’s global purpose.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

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      Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022

      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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